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wave2.gifGuide : How to Sleeve your PSU to Perfection wave2.gif

Hi Everyone wave2.gif

I haven't seen many easy to read and easy to follow guides that cover all sides of the ART of Cable Sleeving. Personally, I see Cable Sleeving as a way of expressing one's creativity much like art smile.gif. What I hope to Accomplish in this guide is to help everyone Learn the fundamentals of Cable Sleeving and hopefully help you perfect your Cable Sleeving abilities.

Let it be known,there is NO secret formula. It takes Practice,Practice & more Practice. Cable Sleeving requires precision and patience. Hopefully I can give you a rough Idea of what you can acheive biggrin.gif

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Table of Contents :

1) Planning

Planning is one of the most crucial steps in ensuring the perfection of your Cable Sleeving Job. During the Planning stage you should consider the following but don't limit you planning to just this : Type of Sleeve, Type of Heathshrink, Single Sleeving or Bundling, Colours, Patterns, Whether your Power Supply is worth Sleeving (That is up to you) , Whether you want to void the warranty on some Power Supplies. ETC ETC. tongue.gif


2) Having the Correct Equipment :


Having the correct tools is critical to attaining the best possible Cable Sleeving job. An overview of Tools that will help make your Cable Sleeving Job easier and more eye pleasing.

I) Depinning Tools

There are a wide range of Specially made depinning tools available, However not everyone has access to such Tools or may dislike them altogether. I am going to show you some everyday and Cheap tools that work really well.

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^ From Left to Right :

Sharp Nose Tweezers , Sharp Nose Angled Tweezers, 1.2mm Flathead , 0.9mm Flathead.

Sharp Nose Tweezers : Perfect for Female Molex Connectors
Sharp Nose Angled Tweezers : Perfect for Female Molex Connectors
1.2mm Flathead : Wide range of applications for pushing flaps as well as female Molex Connectors. tongue.gif
0.8mm or 0.9mm Flathaed : Ideal tool for most applications including but not limited to : ATX Connectors, Fan Connectors, Front Panel Connectors smile.gif

II) PSU Cable Shortening Tools

Some People, Prefer making their SATA Power Connectors or ATX 24 pins Custom Lenghts and thus they have two options. To Cut and Solder or to Cut and Recrimp.


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^ From Left to Right : Dinosaur Wire Strippers, Solder , Wire Cutter

Dinosaur Wire Stripper : Self Explanatory
Solder : To Solder wires together
Wire Cutter to shorten cables as neccesary

II) Cable Sleeving and Heatshrink tools

The Following Tools are useful while Sleeving :

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^ From Left to Right : Snub Nosed Pliers, Angled Snub nosed Pliers, Sharp Scissors.

Snub nosed Pliers : Perfect for stretching Heatshrink
Angled snub nosed Pliers : Perfect for stretching Small Heatshrink
Sharp Scissor: Used to cut Heatshrink and Sleeve



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^ From Left to Right, Masking Tape, Black Duct Tape.

Masking Tape or Normal Sticky tape, Cut off a small 1.5cm x 1.5cm wad and put over Connector Pins, Perfect!!! No snag whatsoever.

Duct Tape: It is well known that no matter how dense and how good the braid is , The Light Density of the Underlying cable will affect the colour of the cable Sleeve. Moreover your typical rainbow of PSU Cables does little to help this. This is were duct tape comes in, Simply Apply one layer of duct tape beneath the Cable Sleeve of the same colour and wow it really helps smile.gif

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^ Lighters,

Some People prefer Lighters, Other prefer a Heatgun to shrink the Heatshrink, Its your choice both give great results when mastered biggrin.gif

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^ A Sharpie or Permanent Marker is great for creating lines to make sure everything is perfect smile.gif
Edited by AusPC - 1/28/11 at 3:16am
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NOTE : BEFORE DEPINNING ALWAYS DRAW OUT A DIAGRAM OF WHICH WIRES GO WHERE !!!

3) How to Depin Connectors

I) Male ATX Connectors :
Female ATX Connectors :

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^ The Trick to the Female ATX Connectors is that there are two Flaps on the Left and Right holding the pin inside the Connector Housing. Simply Get a Long Sharp Needle, Hammered Paperclip or in my case my trusty 0.8mm Flathead and insert into the side like so :

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^ Once in, Twist the Flathead 180 degrees and remove. Repeat for Left and Right. In the Picture the Flathead is on the Right.

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^ DONE smile.gif



II) Male Molex :


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^ For the Male Molex Connectors you can see the small Flaps these need to be pushed in. You can use a sharp Tweezer or a flathead screwdriver wink.gif

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^ Pay attention, You must push all the Flaps until they are parrallel with the rest of the pin smile.gif

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^ Done smile.gif



Female Molex (PSU) : N/A

III) Sata Power Connectors : N/A

IV) Male Fan Connectors : N/A
Female Fan Connectors : N/A

V) Front Panel N/A

VI) CCFL Cables N/A

Will be updated tongue.gif
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Heatshrink and Cable Sleeve Tips and Tricks

Ok here is where things get exciting tongue.gif

1) ATX Connector Sleeving

I) How to get the Sleeving onto the Cable (Once Depinned)

More to COME, taking a rest biggrin.gif
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Would it not have been a better idea to write it before starting the thread?
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Lol is that necessary? Why don't you just write it first and then post it lol
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lol, waiting for pictures
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Is this guide going to be finished? Looking to start sleeving in the near future.
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